Posted on 14-10-2016
Over the past few weeks we have had a series of meetings regarding EBA negotiations, which have been pre-occupied with attempting to fashion a better worded set of clauses to improve interpretation around overtime. The meetings have also discussed the subjects of the Agreement coverage cut off point for determining those who can be covered by the Agreement and the associated transition schedules. This issue largely affects people on senior contract who wish to move on to the Agreement. The meetings have also discussed allowances associated with qualifications for people who are covered by the Professionals Managers and Specialists Agreement. In terms of the bigger picture, to date we have not had any proposition by Ausgrid that indicates a way forward on resolving the inherent contradiction between Ausgrid’s position of forced redundancies and the 5 year job guarantees enshrined in the legislation. These 5 year job guarantees of course have consistently underpinned our fundamental position of no forced redundancies and will continue to do so.
PHASE 2 REDEPLOYMENT
“Reform affected” employees in the Hunter and Ourimbah regions will this week be informed as to whether or not they are identified as redeployees or retained as employees. Redeployees will have access to retraining and / or voluntary redundancy and so long as they are participating in that training and actively seeking work (both within and outside the organization) salary maintenance applies in accordance with the terms of the Ausgrid Agreement and the associated Redeployment and Salary Maintenance Policy. Remember – no one can be forced out because there are no forced redundancies. This is due to our success at the Fair Work Commission in stopping Ausgrid from successfully arguing that they could introduce forced redundancies.
ACTING ORGANISER AUSGRID - ANTHONY O'SULLIVAN
I have been seconded in to an organising role for Unions NSW for a period of 4 weeks commencing Monday 17th November 2016. Ausgrid Delegate Anthony O’Sullivan will be performing my duties for this time. Anthony is an experienced delegate and has recently acted as Organiser for Endeavour Energy. During this time please direct all enquiries to Anthony and I will continue to liaise with him on ongoing matters requiring my attention. Please give Anthony as much support and assistance as possible during this time.
Anthony O’Sullivan's Contact Details:
Mobile: 0467 565 902
0417 208 447 / firstname.lastname@example.org